Wyoming Teacher Compares Helping Special Needs Student To Appeasing Adolf Hitler

Amy Kosco, a teacher at Tenth Street Elementary School in Wyoming, Pennsylvania was tasked with checking a student's homework compared the situation to Allies allowing Hitler to annex parts of Czechoslovakia in 1930. Holly Miller had asked the school's principal for help testing her daughter, who suffers from ADHD, anxiety, panic attacks and learning difficulties.

Kosco also sent an email calling the child "ignorant and insolent" and calling Ms. Miller "nuts."

It was in October 2014, when Miller, 31, asked school principal Jon Pollard to help test her daughter. The mother also asked if it was possible for teachers to email her weekly, check her daughter's homework at her desk, test her in small groups and sign a weekly planner. Kosco shot back, "SO we are continuing to follow the policy of appeasement. Look how that worked out with Hitler."

Kosco also wrote, "There is absolutely nothing positive I can say to this. Shame on this district. It would be nice if we spent this much extra time on the regular Ed and gifted students." Kosco added, "I've never been so discouraged with a job in my life. Our kids are truly screwed." A year after they were sent, Ms. Miller discovered the emails after she obtained copies of them through an open records request. The single mother then wrote on Facebook:

"To the teacher that bullied my little girl, insulted her, and said she doesn't deserve help because she will amount to nothing due to having ADHD,

I, as a mom seeing my daughter struggling, came to you and the school to ask for help. You said horrible things and didn't care about my child at all. I needed you to show her school was safe and teachers cared about her.

I asked for the school to do very simple things to keep her on track. I asked that her homework be checked at her seat, to check her homework notebook to be sure it's all written down, and small group testing to give her a quite place that she could ask for help without being afraid.

These things were already happening for other students. The school is who suggested these things. I thought that she'd finally be able to deal with her anxiety and do well.

I'll never understand how a teacher could possibly be such an ugly person, saying such ugly things.

Disabled children deserve to have an education, a safe school environment and teachers that care. Don't you ever say that disabled kids will amount to nothing again."

Kosco responded, "I truly regret what I wrote in that moment of frustration. The fact of the matter is, that no matter what the situation, I care for all of my students. I have always been given the students with learning challenges, because I have always believed that every child has it in them to do amazing things.

Again, I am truly sorry for any hurt that my words have caused. I will definitely learn and grow from this experience."

Kosco was first asked by Ms. Miller to apologize in October 2015. Kosco only apologized after the emails were published by a local newspaper. Ms. Miller's daughter is now being taught at home after she started having panic attacks during class.

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